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The Bookshop Reviews

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November 14, 2018
"A conventional but not entirely disposable woman-film".
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2018
A simple and honest story. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2018
Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop is an example of the proverbial sledgehammer wrapped in velvet.
September 20, 2018
Writer-director Isabel Coixet paces her tale with subdued dignity that borders at times on a dogged plod, but which makes it all the more effective in those rare moments when somebody finds it necessary to raise their voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2018
Helping with a needed shift to laidback receptivity are self-assured performances by Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart and Bill Nighy as the reclusive Edmund Brundish.
September 10, 2018
The Bookshop is a beautiful and quiet movie with long sequences of silence and stilted conversation.
September 5, 2018
The Bookshop is a gentle, quiet film in which not a whole lot happens... But it's beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day, or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 4, 2018
But it's Mortimer's obstinate, headstrong, heartbroken Florence we care about, because she's the only one in town who possesses the inner life of a dedicated bookworm.
September 2, 2018
Thanks to the expert craft contributions and the delicious turns by Mortimer and Nighy, Coixet's 'Bookshop,' while not as sharp as it might have been, is still worth a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2018
So little happens, you could probably solve a crossword while watching it; that's how little attention need be paid. But there's something about Emily Mortimer's lovely understated portrayal of Florence that's the equivalent of comfort food.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2018
Nighy has never given a more moving performance, and few others have. There is a melting tenderness in his longing to be at ease with others, and his inability to recover that lost art
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2018
If you like British period drama, this may hit the spot, but it's an extraordinarily slow, low-key story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2018
Ultimately, The Bookshop dramatizes a kind of very British, quiet, polite asphyxiation.
August 31, 2018
Mortimer's Florence, who is motivated not so much by high-flown idealism as stubborn everyday determination, holds our attention when she's on her own, as she often is. Her scenes with Nighy are lovely bits of low-key drama and deadpan comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2018
For a movie that is about a collection of oddballs, it can sometimes feel rather generic. But at its core, the film is not a comedy at all. The eccentricities issue from real adversity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 31, 2018
The Bookshop is classically British, from its salty seaside characters, to its fireplaces and knit shawls, and especially to [its] central conflict.
August 31, 2018
Coixet enfolds the story in a series of betrayals and power moves, all presented without undue melodrama. It may be slightly pejorative to call The Bookshop a little movie, but the label fits.
August 31, 2018
The contrast between our first impressions of Hardborough, a picturesque Suffolk seaside village, and the reality of the town's power structure, are the main subject of Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 30, 2018
... things pick up speed soon enough, toward a wicked twist of an ending, and "The Bookshop" becomes the movie equivalent of a page-turner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2018
It's a strange film: small, sad (without being tragic) and yet sweet without being syrupy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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